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Director of Research and Evaluation

The Phoenix - Sober Active Community
Job Title: Director of Research and Evaluation
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July 27th, 2026

You are an innovative researcher with a track record of leading ambitious, multi-faceted research initiatives. You have exceptional networking strengths within the substance use recovery research community, and you excel at driving organization-wide evaluation strategy. You're passionate about recovery from substance use disorder and believe in the power of community. You've seen the challenges that stigma creates and want to help us fight them. If this sounds like you, keep reading.

This role will provide strategic oversight of The Phoenix's internal and external research agenda, initiate partnerships with independent researchers, collaborate with the operations team to ensure data and metrics align with evaluation requirements, build and supervise a research team, and execute data analysis as needed. The ideal candidate will have existing connections within the field of recovery research and familiarity with SPSS or a like statistical process. If you're excited about working in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced environment that promotes personal and professional growth, we want to talk to you!



  • In collaboration with the Deputy Executive Director and the Operations Team, develop and execute a comprehensive research and evaluation agenda
  • Initiate partnerships with independent researchers by identifying and communicating areas of mutual benefit
  • Implement a long-term strategy for establishing a body of independent research on The Phoenix's recovery model
  • Foster organizational success through execution and timely delivery of evaluation metrics for operations improvements and donor cultivation
  • Identify key research questions based on evaluation results
  • Oversee research staff as needed
  • Identify, design, and supervise research projects
  • Prospect and apply for research grants
  • Work in office approximately 50% of the time



  • 5-7 years' experience in similar roles, with an emphasis on partnering with external researchers and driving innovative research agendas
  • Demonstrated success promoting research agendas and creating buy-in with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent research and evaluation skills, particularly under conditions of rapid scaling
  • Supervision experience and ability to collaborate cross-functionally
  • Strategic mindset, as well as a willingness to pivot quickly
  • Strong writing skills and relevant publication credits
  • Familiarity with SPSS or a like statistical process
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, humility, and integrity



  • Lived experience as a peer in recovery
  • Familiarity with addiction recovery-related research
  • Networking connections within the recovery research community
  • Experience speaking at research conferences
  • MPH or PhD degree



  • 403(b) retirement plan with 4% match
  • Paid time off (vacation/sick days/skill enhancement days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans



The Phoenix's mission is to build a sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection so that together we rise, recover, and live. Through activities such as CrossFit, climbing, hiking, yoga, boxing, and meditation, participants build confidence, self-respect, and community. The Phoenix offers free programs for anyone with 48 hours of sobriety, operating in 53 communities across 22 states and for people around the globe virtually. Since 2006, we have served 58,000 individuals.

At Phoenix, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and strive to create a healing-centered environment that allows everyone to bring their authentic selves to the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


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